WASHINGTON (AP) - The House narrowly rejected a challenge to the National Security Agency's secret collection of hundreds of millions of Americans' phone records Wednesday night after a fierce debate pitting privacy rights against the government's efforts to thwart terrorism.
NEW YORK (AP) - Anthony Weiner pressed ahead with his bid for mayor Wednesday despite growing calls for him to drop out over a new sexting scandal, saying the campaign is too important to abandon over "embarrassing personal things" becoming public.
POLICE SHOOT, KILL GATOR AFTER IT EATS HUSKY: JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A public safety officer in eastern North Carolina shot and killed an alligator after it ate an 80-pound Husky that was walking with its owner.
SAN DIEGO (AP) - A third woman publicly identified herself on Wednesday as a target of Mayor Bob Filner's sexual advances, as the beleaguered leader of the nation's eighth-largest city named his third chief of staff in less than two weeks.
SACRAMENTO (AP) - Republican Andy Vidak has a substantial lead in the hotly contested race for a San Joaquin Valley state Senate seat, with county election officials reporting Wednesday that nearly 9,500 ballots remain to be counted.
COURT PETITION SEEKS EPA ACTION ON PESTICIDE DRIFT: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Activists have filed another petition to force federal regulators to set safety standards that protect children from pesticides that drift from farm fields into nearby communities.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - California could see more than $300 million invested in television and online ads, billboards, door-to-door visits and other sales pitches and promotions to convince uninsured residents to enroll in national health care coverage, a potentially unprecedented level of spending to sell a government program in the nation's most populous state.
MOTORIST FACES TRIAL IN ELECTROCUTION DEATHS: LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Southern California man has been ordered to stand trial for vehicular manslaughter in spite of his attorney's argument that the electrocution deaths of two good Samaritans trying to help after the crash were not his fault.